John and I decided in late December to complete a January Whole30. We’re on day 11 and going strong! One thing that I’m loving about Whole30 so far is how creative it has pushed me to be in the kitchen.
If you follow me on Instagram (@bethannsbites – go follow if you don’t already!), you saw the Swedish meatballs I prepped for week one. I was so excited to share this recipe with you that I even shared a glamour shot preview!
These Swedish Meatballs are your meal prep dream. The real deal plus a special ingredient that makes them my own. They freeze well and reheat well for meal preps or leftovers.
I bet you’re wondering by now what the secret ingredient is, it’s sage. Swedish Meatballs are typically seasoned with allspice and nutmeg but I’ve added sage for two reasons: 1. I love a sage sausage. 2. my parents always get their pork processed with the same butcher and have for my entire life and he puts a heavenly amount of sage in every batch, so it’s partially nostalgia.
Regardless, I PROMISE you won’t regret giving this recipe a try whether you’re on your own Whole30 journey, Gluten Free, or just looking for a decently healthy meal for the family!
For the meatballs:
- 1 lb plain ground pork (I got an 80/20 ratio)
- 1 lb ground beef (I got a 93/7 ratio)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp sage
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
For the gravy
- 1/4 cup clarified butter or ghee
- 3 tbsp arrowroot starch
- 2 cups beef broth or beef bone broth (if you’re on Whole30 check for sulfites and sugar!)
- 3 tbsp coconut cream (can sub nutpods or compliant milk if on Whole30)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a skillet, saute onions in olive oil over medium heat until they become almost clear.
- In a large mixing bowl add sautéed onions to ground beef, ground pork, almond flour, eggs and seasonings. Mix well and form into 1-2 inch meatballs.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes on a baking sheet – I sprayed mine with avocado oil.
- While meatballs are baking, heat ghee, beef broth, and coconut cream in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Take about a 1/2 cup of broth and place in a small bowl. Whisk arrowroot starch in. It will turn white-ish in color and be thin at first.
- Add the arrowroot slurry to the beef broth that is still on the stove. Continue to whisk the gravy until it thickens.
- When you noticed it has thickened, remove from heat or place on very low heat setting and avoid much stirring. Arrowroot gravy can come apart from overheating or over-stirring.
- Serve with a great mashed potato and a veggie side for a balanced meal.
Be sure to give this recipe a try! If you like it, share on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #biteswithbeth — and tell all of your friends! They need this recipe in their life too! These Whole30 approved Swedish Meatballs will change your life!